A wise man – obviously Tom Hanks – once said (more specifically, in “You’ve Got Mail”), “I would send you bouquets of newly sharpened pencils if only I knew your name and address.” And although I am not Meg Ryan and it is not New York in the fall, there is a certain appeal to Mr. Hank’s proposal. Simply? I love school supply shopping.
Office Max makes me giddy. Staples starts fits of slap-happiness. Office Depot drives me to send entire paychecks. I simply can’t help it. The thought of new school supplies just do something to me. I love the back-to-school feel of brand new binders or crisp new notebooks. I love the first few days of classes. The first lectures. First readings. Of course those kinds of novelties wear off within a few weeks when the heavy workload kicks in, but the allure of school supplies never seems to get old.
Regardless of the time of year I am always drawn to brightly hued stationary, cute pens and unique academic odds and ends. After all, if you have to put in the study time, why not make it interesting! One of my favorites? Multi-colored felt tip pens or Sharpie pens to spruce up your notes without bleeding through paper.
So in honor of my last first day of school ever, I’m breaking out some crisp new notebooks, brightly colored pens and a blank appointment-less planner – though I’m sure it won’t stay that way for long!